A June 2005 trip
to New Orleans by frikadika
Quote: I searched the Web for places to eat, sights to see, and things to do - not to be rigid with my itinerary, just to have plenty to do. I had a wonderful time!!! In a word, if you ever get the chance, GO!!
Restaurant | "Stuff Legends Are Made Of"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2010
Dooky Chase's Restaurant
2301 Orleans Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Hotel | "Chateau LeMoyne"
If you have a car, Valet parking is $26 and you can get your car whenever you'd like. This hotel is only one block from Bourbon Street and close to everything in the French Quarter. Two blocks away is Canal Street. We had breakfast in the hotel on two occasions, it is a very nice buffet. The pool was a little cloudy, so, as hard as it was, I refrained from taking a dip.
The room was very clean and the housekeeping staff was very professional and timely. Even on the mornings that we left out late, the housekeepers somehow 'knew' when we were gone.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2005
French Quarter Chateau LeMoyne Holiday Inn
301 RUE DAUPHINE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
We got off the plane, checked our bags and came to Two Sisters (not to be confused with the Court of Two Sisters). We came here first because it was the only restaurant for which I could remember the address without having to dig through my suitcase for my web printouts. Boy, am I glad we went there first. Two Sisters set the bar for my dining experiences. There were four in my party, and we got there after 11am, so we couldn't get breakfast. Three of us had the catfish platter. Whew! I'm sweating just thinking about it. So much food. Fried catfish (like four pieces), macaroni and cheese, potato salad (and I can't eat just anybody's potato salad), and green beans. Everything was so fresh and seasoned so well. Even the sweet tea was delicious. And don't let me forget the plate of cornbread they gave us. Mmm, mmm, mmm!! I didn't have a hard time cleaning my plate at all.
As for ambience, the restaurant seemed to be a spot for the locals, but folks were friendly. We had a table in the back and weren't bothered by noise or crowds. That's better than I can say for some of the other restaurants we visited. We loved it so much, we vowed to come back to have their breakfast. We tried on Sunday, but they were closed, so we made a special early rise on Monday (our last day) to get there for breakfast, and we were not disappointed. Sausage, eggs, and grits like my Grandma used to make! Definitely worth the second trip!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2005
Two Sisters Kitchen
223 N. Debigny Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurant | "Felixe's Restaurant & Oyster Bar"
Right inside the entrance is an oyster bar. It’s an actual bar. I’d never seen such a thing. It made me realize how serious these folks were about their oysters. I considered myself a casual oyster fan, but once you taste the oysters down there, you will become an addict. But, I digress, as we were seated immediately and then quickly forgotten. The service here was very slow. It took 10 minutes for our order to be taken. Once taken, we waited another 10 to 15 minutes for our drinks and appetizers. My boyfriend and I are sweet-tea drinkers, and Felix’s tea is unsweetened. The other couple in our little group are wine drinkers - they thought the bottle they ordered was okay. For appetizers we had calamari, which is something I try to order wherever I go if it’s offered - it was very good. We also had fried zucchini, very good, and raw oysters, which were absolutely delicious. At the end of the appetizers, we began to forgive the wait staff for being so slow.
This place was very noisy. It was spacious enough, every table was occupied, and the voices carried. We weren’t bumping elbows with the customers next to us, but the atmosphere is very casual and relaxed, and the volume was high. This, in no way, took away from the enjoyment of the food itself. For an entrée, I ordered a soft shell crab po’boy, while the others had jambalaya and more oysters. The po’boy is what I had determined was NECESSARY for me to have while in New Orleans, but this was not the one. The soft shell crab was not cleaned, and in all my crab-eating career, I had never had a soft shell crab, so I don’t know if they are supposed to be cleaned or not, but I did not like the unclean soft shell crab po’boy. The jambalaya was tasty, and I reiterate, the oysters were delicious.
If you don’t mind waiting for good food or a lot of noise, you will enjoy Felixe’s.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2005
Felixe's Restaurant & Oyster Bar
739 Iberville St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 4440
At any rate, we were there for appetizers and drinks. Apparently, New Orleans created the Hurricane, but at this point, everyone there seems to be making it from a mix instead of from scratch, and it’s really not that good. I may be the only one in my group that felt this way, but I’m also the only one in my group that is a bartender and knows the ingredients, so I kept my opinions to myself and had a ginger ale. For appetizers, we had the famous muffuletta sandwich, crawfish nachos, and alligator bites. The muffuletta was very good and consists of a round loaf of crusty Italian bread split and filled with layers of sliced Provolone cheese, Genoa salami, and Cappicola ham, topped with olive salad, a chopped mixture of green, un-stuffed olives, pimientos, celery, garlic, cocktail onions, capers, oregano, parsley, olive oil, red-wine vinegar, and salt and pepper. The alligator bites were also delicious, lightly seasoned and deep fried, with such a fresh taste. My swamp tour guide said, "If you get alligator and it tastes like chicken, you’ve been duped and given chicken." He was right on the money. No way does it taste like chicken; it has its own distinctive flavor. It’s hard to describe, but definitely tasty!
We returned to Pat O’s on our second tour of Bourbon Street and ventured in to the Piano Bar. I should’ve stayed home. Maybe I’m not the piano bar type, but if I wanted to hear no-talent singers wreck my favorite songs, I’d have gone back to the Cat’s Meow for karaoke.
Go to Pat O’s for the food and drink, and go to the Piano Bar at your own risk.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2005
718 St Peter St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Attraction | "Louisiana Swamp Tours"
The money that the hotel takes is just a deposit. (Our concierge took too much and had to refund us when we got back.) The cost is moderate at $24 for the Swamp Tour without transportation from the hotel. We chose to take the 15-minute airboat ride to basically just to be able to say that we rode an airboat. It was hotter than July, so the airboat ride was somewhat refreshing because of the wind, BUT it was LOUD, even with the earphones. AND THE WIND - the wind was rushing so fast that my eyes were watering, and I had on sunglasses. I’m not complaining, though, as it was as we expected.
The actual swamp tour was on a party boat, a covered boat that seats about 30 people. We were warned as soon as we boarded to keep our body parts and belongings in the boat and that the alligators would go after anything white: skin, clothing, objects, you name it.
Our tour guide was entertaining with his far-out tales and interesting facts. We saw an Indian burial ground, an aboveground cemetery, and a few ancient buildings. Of course we came across some alligators. Our tour guide "called" a very large alligator over to our boat, then proceeded to rub, touch, and kiss on this alligator while feeding him raw chicken. Shocking, right? Well, the alligator was blind in one eye and their eyes are on the sides of their heads, so he purposely stayed on the alligator’s "blind" side. We also found out the reason the alligators like white marshmallows. All the tour guides use marshmallows to attract the alligators.
There is a bathroom on the boat for those with the need. When I came out, there was a baby alligator being passed around, so I got to hold him. He seemed used to being handled.
On our way back to the dock, we could see an approaching storm. It was so fast and furious that I was scared that there wouldn’t be a Louisiana Swamp Tour after it was over. As soon as we docked, the storm hit, and I mean, boy, did it hit! I’ve never seen such a thing, 4pm and the sky was pitch-black and the winds were at least 35mph. It was terrible and beautiful at the same time. We were in the car and able to get away from the eye of the storm, and I didn’t hear of any loss on the news, so it should still be there when you go.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2005
Louisiana Swamp Tour
9706 Barataria Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70072
I did, however, see plenty of drunk people. A couple of times I was one of them. And how could you not be, when every bar has a 3-for-1 drink special every night. So, picture this, wherever you start on Bourbon Street, you go into a bar, order a drink, and get three. Then you go down the street to the next bar, order a drink, and get 3. For most of us, two drinks, especially when the liquor is poured 2-to-1, is enough to get you buzzed. So now you’ve had six drinks, and you come upon a bar like the Cat’s Meow (a karaoke bar). How could you possibly NOT share your singing ability (or non-ability, as the case so often is) with the rest of the world?!?!?
So, now you’ve sung your heart out and you think you’ve sweated your liquor out, but you really haven’t, and you head to the next bar for the next set of drinks, and it’s only 9pm. Now, you should understand how, by midnight, you are sitting on the curb puking all over yourself. It’s a horrible sight-and-smell experience. Lord only knows how you make it to your room. You spend all day recuperating, just to head out and do it again the next night.
I didn’t personally experience all of that, but I certainly witnessed it, and once was enough. There is so much to New Orleans in addition to, or besides, Bourbon Street that traveling down that road just once was quite enough.
Voorhees, New Jersey